As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday 15 December 2012

Vero Beach water bird with throat obstruction needs help

VERO BEACH — A feathered friend is in a life-threatening situation and needs help.

The anhinga, a long-necked water bird, has been spotted at the Mueller Campus of Indian River State College in a harrowing predicament. The bird has something lodged in its beak or throat and it may be dying.

The obstruction prevents the bird from eating and time is getting short.

Donna Haro first saw the troubled bird the Monday after Thanksgiving and believes it is getting weaker because it cannot eat. Unaware people are trying to help, the anhinga flies away when approached.

Haro, who teaches English as a second language at the college, knew something was wrong when walking to the west side of Building D. She observed the bird on a drainage pipe in a retention pond and noticed what appeared to be a plastic object protruding from its beak. The next day she managed to get pictures of the bird confirming a plastic bag was lodged in the bird's throat.


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